A podcast for people interested in building, designing and marketing tech products. Come and listen to some great conversations and get inspired!


Episode 28 - Product Management in Lockdown & the Perils of Hustle Culture (with Jack Stevens)

Episode 28 - Product Management in Lockdown & the Perils of Hustle Culture (with Jack Stevens)
24 Jan 2021
An interview with Jack Stevens, Senior Product Manager at Publicis Sapient. At the height of the UK's first lockdown, Jack was included in a BBC article "Stress, burnout and redundancy: Tough times in IT" where he spoke about the toxic narrative that we could all get more done from home. We speak about how he got into the article, the reaction to it, his aversion for hustle culture, how his company supported him, and much more.

About the Episode

Jack is Senior Product Manager for Publicis Sapient, a product consultancy that helps large companies with their digital transformation. Aside from his day job working on a secret project that he can't tell us about, Jack was also featured in a BBC article last summer "Stress, burnout and redundancy: Tough times in IT". I spoke to Jack about a few things:

  • His work with Publicis Sapient and how they work really hard to be a flat, open company at scale
  • How SAFe and other scaled agile approaches (probably) can't work
  • How he got onto the BBC article in the first place, and how the reaction has been
  • How hustle culture is toxic, mainly a lie, and we just see the survivors who probably succeeded partially through luck
  • How it's OK for some people to just be OK and not everyone has to change the world to be successful
  • How his employer reacted after seeing the article, and the support they gave him
  • How personal hardship has driven his ambitions to work in financial services to ensure people have the right tools to make good financial decisions

And much more!

Contact Jack

You can reach out to Jack on LinkedIn.

Jack's article for Auntie

You can find Jack's BBC article and handsome photo on the BBC.


Episode 27 - Product Marketing & the Importance of Pirate Metrics (with Abby Hehemann)

Episode 27 - Product Marketing & the Importance of Pirate Metrics (with Abby Hehemann)
20 Jan 2021
Abby is Senior Product Marketing Manager at GetResponse, and featured speaker at Product-Led Growth Hub. Abby is passionate about Product Management and Product-Led Growth and shares some of her experience and advice for product marketers trying to make an impact on their pirate metrics (AARRR!)

About the Episode

Abby is Senior Product Marketing Manager for GetResponse, a full stack marketing platform. She's passionate about Product Management and Product-Led Growth, and using data to monitor and inform Product Marketing decisions. Abby is also a features speaker with Product-Led Growth Hub.

  • The role of Product Marketing and importance of getting close to the Product team
  • Pirate metrics (AARRR!) and how you can use them to monitor the health of your funnel
  • The concept of Product-Led Growth and how companies can take their first steps to being Product-Led
  • The importance of communication and collaboration between functions
  • How she got involved with Product-Led Growth hub and their future collaboration plans
  • Whether Product Marketing should report to the VP of Marketing or the VP of Product
  • Most importantly, whether you can get get good nachos in Poland

And much more!

Contact Abby

You can reach out to Abby on LinkedIn.

The April Dunford Fan Club

Both Abby and I are massive fans of April Dunford's work- you can pick up her book, Obviously Awesome and learn about product positioning from the best.


Episode 26 - Empathy, Mentorship and The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion (with Ana Kresina)

Episode 26 - Empathy, Mentorship and The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion (with Ana Kresina)
17 Jan 2021
Ana is a Product Manager at Redbubble and a self-declared vagabond. We talk about her journey into Product, how important it is to have mentorship, how you can build empathy, and how reviewing your communication skills is a must. We also talk about her passion for inclusion & diversity and some of the work that's left to do to build truly inclusive organisations.

About the Episode

Ana is a self-described vagabond, a Canadian living in Australia, passionate Product Manager at Redbubble, a leading online art marketplace. We speak about the following and more:

  • Ana's journey into Product Management from Marketing via UX
  • The importance of guidance and mentorship at the early stages of a PM career
  • The importance of getting shots on goal early
  • Some of the systemic problems with returning to work after maternity leave
  • How we're pretty far from having acceptable diversity in tech & product, but at least the conversations have started

Contact Ana

You can reach out to Ana on LinkedIn or on Twitter.


Episode 25 - Getting to Product/Market Fit and Building Effective Product Teams (with Harpal Singh)

Episode 25 - Getting to Product/Market Fit and Building Effective Product Teams (with Harpal Singh)
13 Jan 2021
Harpal is an award-winning Product Consultant and Interim CPO. Harpal is passionate about Product/Market Fit and author of a new (free!) Product/Market Fit playbook. We talk about how to get to Product/Market Fit, why he decided to write a book about it, how that helped him test his assumptions, and much more.

About the Episode

Harpal is an award-winning product consultant and interim CPO with long experience working with a variety of startups and helping them set up effective product teams and achieving Product/Market Fit. We talk about his journey and specifically:

  • The benefits of being a consultant and how it's helped him to be a better leader
  • His passion for Product/Market Fit and why he wrote a playbook on it
  • His ambitions for the book and how it's helped him challenge his assumptions
  • What Product/Market Fit really means, why it's not just about MVPs, and the concept of a "Hair On Fire" problem
  • The importance of Marketing when finding Product/Market Fit and not being led solely by technology
  • The variability of the Product Manager role between companies & the importance of a career plan
  • The perils of poor LinkedIn content

Contact Harpal

You can reach out to Harpal on LinkedIn.

Get the playbook

You can get Harpal's free e-book here: The Elusive Art And Science Of Finding Product/Market Fit.


Episode 24 - Transforming companies & instilling a product mindset (with Dave Martin)

Episode 24 - Transforming companies & instilling a product mindset (with Dave Martin)
10 Jan 2021
An interview with Dave Martin, Product Management coach and founder of consultancy Right To Left - working with companies to ensure they are building products the right way, getting the right kinds of Product Managers and instilling a solid product mindset into a company.

About the Episode

Dave is a product leader with a strong history of transforming companies into effective product-focused organisations. Most recently, he's co-founder of consultancy Right to Left, where he takes some of his past learnings and pays them forward to the next generation of product-hungry companies.

We speak about a lot, including:

  • How he works with early to mid stage companies to transform them
  • The Product Management Health Check
  • How Product Managers must not be seen as mere requirements gatherers
  • The difference between different types of Product Manager, even within successful organisations
  • The challenges of moving from product management into product leadership
  • The importance of evidence in decision making

Take the free Product Management Healthcheck

The Product Management Healthcheck is a questionnaire that will help to identify your key strengths and areas for development. Balance in a PM career is so important... I'm far from the only person to think this but I did write a Medium article on the same subject.

Contact Dave

You can catch up with Dave on LinkedIn or Twitter

Find out more about Right to Left at their website: https://www.righttoleft.io.


Episode 23 - Avoiding the agency trap & ADHD in Product (with Janna Bastow)

Episode 23 - Avoiding the agency trap & ADHD in Product (with Janna Bastow)
6 Jan 2021
Janna is co-founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product, and inventor of the Now/Next/Later roadmap. We talk about how ProdPad and Mind the Product got started, the perils of falling into the trap of being an agency instead of a product company. We also talk about being diagnosed with ADHD, what that means to her and some of the advantages and disadvantages the condition brings to Product Management.

About the Episode

Janna is co-founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product, and inventor of the Now/Next/Later roadmap. We talk about a few things:

  • How ProdPad started as an idea to solve a problem for Janna in her Product Management job and became a company serving thousands of Product Managers
  • How date-based roadmaps are the devil and how to tackle management wanting false security
  • The perils of building features for clients, falling into the trap of being an agency instead of a product company, and never getting the chance to solve big problems
  • How Mind the Product started out and how they've pivoted to run successful events even in the middle of a pandemic (and how she misses a good flat white)
  • Janna's recent ADHD diagnosis, what that meant to her, how she's managing it, and some of the advantages and disadvantages the condition brings to Product Management

More about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

You can find out more about ADHD in many places on the internet, and get support for a diagnosis via your medical practioner just like Janna did. Here are a few uncurated links offering further information.

NHS.uk

CDC

ADHD Care Ltd

CHADD—Children and Adults with ADHD

Contact Janna

Janna loves talking to people about Product Management... you can reach out to her on LinkedIn, on Twitter, or via email

Other links

You can find out more about ProdPad, about the Mind the Product community or your local ProductTank.


Episode 22 - Lifelong learning & the perils of time-based roadmaps (with Andrea Saez)

Episode 22 - Lifelong learning & the perils of time-based roadmaps (with Andrea Saez)
6 Jan 2021
Andrea works in Product Growth & Education for ProdPad. She's a lifelong learner, educator and advocate, looking to help Product Managers make good decisions. We talk about her journey into Product Management, why certifications aren't all that they cracked up to be and how Human Psychology helps make good product decisions.

About the Episode

Andrea works in Product Growth & Education for ProdPad. She's a lifelong learner, educator and advocate, looking to help Product Managers make good decisions. We talk about her journey into Product Management, why certifications aren't all that they cracked up to be and how Human Psychology helps make good product decisions. We talk about:

  • How Andrea got into Product Management after being the first person to ask her boss "why?"
  • Why Customer Support staff are ideally placed to become Product Managers
  • How Andrea stays motivated during all of her social media product management advocacy, and how she loves Mondays
  • Why date-based roadmaps are the devil and why management want them because of Previous Product Trauma
  • How Product need to take more responsibility when Sales make a commitment
  • Why certifications aren't really worth much without follow on experience

And much more!

Contact Andrea

You can reach out to Andrea on LinkedIn or on Twitter.

Other links

You can find out more about ProdPad.


Episode 21 - Managing Tension in Product Management (with Marc Abraham)

Episode 21 - Managing Tension in Product Management (with Marc Abraham)
3 Jan 2021
Marc is the Head of Product - Engagement for ASOS.com, author of two books on Product Management and co-curator with Mind the Product. I spoke to Marc about his journey into Product Management, his new book 'Managing Product = Managing Tension', and some great advice about navigating a career in Product.

About the Episode

Marc is the Head of Product - Engagement for ASOS.com, author of two books on Product Management and co-curator with Mind the Product. I originally picked up Marc's first book, My Product Management Toolkit as I was looking for a good primer for people transferring into my Product team from elsewhere in the business. I found the book a great primer and guide to product management. I was excited to see his new book come out, which covers a lot more around the psychology of Product.

I spoke to Marc about his journey into Product Management, his new book 'Managing Product = Managing Tension', and some great advice about navigating a career in Product. Marc also gives some excellent advice for Product Leaders (or aspiring Product Leaders) and ways that they can create psychological safety for their teams. As a keen boxer, Marc is also a massive advocate for using exercise to help work out some of the tensions of product management.

Competition

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Managing Product = Managing Tension, simply use the social share buttons above to share the link to the episode with your social network of choice. Make sure it's a public post, and include the hashtag #oneknightinproduct. I'll pick a random winner on Sun 17th January 2021

Buy Marc's stuff

Find Marc's books here:

Managing Product = Managing Tension

My Product Management Toolkit

Contact Marc

You can catch up with Marc on LinkedIn or Twitter


Episode 20 - Product Processes & the Importance of Work / Life Balance (with Busayomi Omotosho)

Episode 20 - Product Processes & the Importance of Work / Life Balance (with Busayomi Omotosho)
30 Dec 2020
An interview with Busayomi Omotosho, Product Manager at Softcom. Busayomi speaks to me about Softcom's mission to connect consumers to businesses across Africa, her past working in LegalTech, how you need to apply efficient processes to Product Management, the importance of work / life balance and much more.
An interview with Busayomi Omotosho, Product Manager at Softcom. Busayomi speaks to me about Softcom's mission to connect consumers to businesses across Africa, her past working in LegalTech, how you need to apply efficient processes to Product Management, the importance of work / life balance and much more.


Episode 19 - Growing a PM career & the importance of side hustles (with Victoria Tkatch)

Episode 19 - Growing a PM career & the importance of side hustles (with Victoria Tkatch)
20 Dec 2020
An interview with Victoria Tkatch, Senior Product Manager at Sonos. Victoria is an ambitious, driven professional, operating at a million miles an hour, and she's definitely going to be your boss one day. We talk about her journey to Sonos via her own nutrition startup, her plans for the future and how she manages to keep 3 (UPDATE: 4!) side hustles going.

About the Episode

Victoria is am ambitious, high growth Product professional on an upwards trajectory and she's definitely going to be your boss one day.

We talk about lots of things, including:

  • Getting into Sonos and the difference between hardware and software product management
  • Her journey into Product Management from founding a nutrition startup
  • How her FOMO has led her to create 4 side hustles - testing and learning and iterating like a pro!
  • Her leadership ambitions and how she wants to grow her Product career
  • Her advice for people wanting to get into Product Management from a standing start
  • Her complete inability to remember Marty Cagan's name

Victoria's book

Victoria is canvassing feedback for her new book idea - Technology Fundamentals for Product Managers - "Tech 101, minus the coding" - go check it out.

Contact Victoria

You can catch up with Victoria on LinkedIn or check out her YouTube Channel.


Episode 18 - Technical Product Management & the importance of mentorship (with Mark Yamashita)

Episode 18 - Technical Product Management & the importance of mentorship (with Mark Yamashita)
13 Dec 2020
An interview with Mark Yamashita, Technical Product Director at Sensibill, a fintech company that means you never have to worry about expense forms again. Mark moved into Product Management from working on supercomputers and compilers, via an MBA. We talk about how technical PMs should keep away from solutioneering, how education & mentoring are so important for PMs, as well as why "Singin' in the Rain" is basically the Lean Startup
An interview with Mark Yamashita, Technical Product Director at Sensibill, a fintech company that means you never have to worry about expense forms again. Mark moved into Product Management from working on supercomputers and compilers, via an MBA. We talk about how technical PMs should keep away from solutioneering, how education & mentoring are so important for PMs, as well as why "Singin' in the Rain" is basically the Lean Startup


Episode 17 - API Product Management & mountain climbing as a metaphor (with Elina Sokolovska)

Episode 17 - API Product Management & mountain climbing as a metaphor (with Elina Sokolovska)
6 Dec 2020
An interview with Elina Sokolovska, Product Manager at Flux, an exciting fintech startup working with some big retailers via their API. Elina talks about how she loves integrations and API Product Management, as well as her addiction to startup culture, and how mountain climbing has taught her strength in the face of adversity.
An interview with Elina Sokolovska, Product Manager at Flux, an exciting fintech startup working with some big retailers via their API. Elina talks about how she loves integrations and API Product Management, as well as her addiction to startup culture, and how mountain climbing has taught her strength in the face of adversity.


Episode 16 - AI Product Management & The Importance of Communication (with Mark Graham)

Episode 16 - AI Product Management & The Importance of Communication (with Mark Graham)
29 Nov 2020
An interview with Mark Graham, Lead Product Manager at Sharktower, working with some smart data scientists to revolutionise project management software. We talk about the importance of communication in Product Management, how Product Management is similar to Football Management, and much more.
An interview with Mark Graham, Lead Product Manager at Sharktower, working with some smart data scientists to revolutionise project management software. We talk about the importance of communication in Product Management, how Product Management is similar to Football Management, and much more.


Episode 15 - Entrepreneurship & being a founder (with Matt Wilkinson)

Episode 15 - Entrepreneurship & being a founder (with Matt Wilkinson)
22 Nov 2020
An interview with Matt Wilkinson, founder of Zenquiries, an early stage startup focusing on helpdesk integrations with Shopify. Matt talks about his journey from an Economics degree into company foundership via a career in mobile development, and why he's currently "eating glass & staring into the abyss".
An interview with Matt Wilkinson, founder of Zenquiries, an early stage startup focusing on helpdesk integrations with Shopify. Matt talks about his journey from an Economics degree into company foundership via a career in mobile development, and why he's currently "eating glass & staring into the abyss".


Episode 14 - The role of education in leadership (with Mac Maistrelli)

Episode 14 - The role of education in leadership (with Mac Maistrelli)
15 Nov 2020
An interview with Mac Maistrelli, engineering leader with a strong background in education with the Council of Europe - passionate about creating high-performing teams, ensuring psychological safety, and creating a learning environment and getting the best out of his team.
An interview with Mac Maistrelli, engineering leader with a strong background in education with the Council of Europe - passionate about creating high-performing teams, ensuring psychological safety, and creating a learning environment and getting the best out of his team.


Episode 13 - Building inclusive products for all (with Nidhi Wadmark)

Episode 13 - Building inclusive products for all (with Nidhi Wadmark)
8 Nov 2020
An interview with Nidhi Wadmark, Product Manager with PayPal, Women in Product Chapter lead and Global Awareness Lead for Thrive, PayPal's neurodiversity and disability awareness Employee Group. Nidhi is passionate about amplifying the voice of women in tech and product as well as ensuring diversity across the board to ensure we make better product decisions.
An interview with Nidhi Wadmark, Product Manager with PayPal, Women in Product Chapter lead and Global Awareness Lead for Thrive, PayPal's neurodiversity and disability awareness Employee Group. Nidhi is passionate about amplifying the voice of women in tech and product as well as ensuring diversity across the board to ensure we make better product decisions.


Episode 12 - Making yourself heard in the workplace (with Priyanka Naik)

Episode 12 - Making yourself heard in the workplace (with Priyanka Naik)
8 Nov 2020
An interview with Priyanka Naik, Growth Product Manager with Advarisk and Women in Finance Top 100. Priyanka is a fearless advocate of speaking up, marketing yourself, and supporter of gender and neuro diversity. She talks about some of the challenges she's faced in a male-dominated working culture, and some of the approaches she's taken to stand out.
An interview with Priyanka Naik, Growth Product Manager with Advarisk and Women in Finance Top 100. Priyanka is a fearless advocate of speaking up, marketing yourself, and supporter of gender and neuro diversity. She talks about some of the challenges she's faced in a male-dominated working culture, and some of the approaches she's taken to stand out.


Episode 11 - Networking to start your Product career (with Anna Lieberman)

Episode 11 - Networking to start your Product career (with Anna Lieberman)
8 Nov 2020
An interview with Anna Lieberman, an aspiring Product Manager already on her first side hustle. Anna is passionate about taking her first steps into Product, documenting her journey and benefitting from strong mentorship from other strong Women in Product.
An interview with Anna Lieberman, an aspiring Product Manager already on her first side hustle. Anna is passionate about taking her first steps into Product, documenting her journey and benefitting from strong mentorship from other strong Women in Product.


Episode 10 - Using your experience to teach the next generation (with Maanas Bukkuri)

Episode 10 - Using your experience to teach the next generation (with Maanas Bukkuri)
1 Nov 2020
An interview with Maanas Bukkuri, a passionate educator who started out in Engineering & QA before getting a taste for Product Management. Maanas has started teaching up-and-coming PMs via Product School and shares some of his thoughts about product management, continuously learning, and paying it forward to the next generation of Product Managers.
An interview with Maanas Bukkuri, a passionate educator who started out in Engineering & QA before getting a taste for Product Management. Maanas has started teaching up-and-coming PMs via Product School and shares some of his thoughts about product management, continuously learning, and paying it forward to the next generation of Product Managers.


Episode 9 - Putting users back at the heart of UX (with Dr Nick Fine)

Episode 9 - Putting users back at the heart of UX (with Dr Nick Fine)
25 Oct 2020
An interview with Dr Nick Fine PhD, on a one-man mission to save UX by applying scientific thinking and reviving the controversial opinion that it should involve talking to users. We talk about all things UX and find out why Nick's work may have inadvertently inspired Cambridge Analytica.
An interview with Dr Nick Fine PhD, on a one-man mission to save UX by applying scientific thinking and reviving the controversial opinion that it should involve talking to users. We talk about all things UX and find out why Nick's work may have inadvertently inspired Cambridge Analytica.


Episode 8 - Being an AI Product Manager (with Pouya Jamshidiat)

Episode 8 - Being an AI Product Manager (with Pouya Jamshidiat)
18 Oct 2020
An interview with Pouya Jamshidiat. Pouya is an author, AI expert and self-described Product Dude working in the exciting field of genomics. Pouya talks about how he got into Product Management, some of the things he's learned and approaches that he uses to be an effective Product Manager when everyone around you has a PhD.
An interview with Pouya Jamshidiat. Pouya is an author, AI expert and self-described Product Dude working in the exciting field of genomics. Pouya talks about how he got into Product Management, some of the things he's learned and approaches that he uses to be an effective Product Manager when everyone around you has a PhD.


Episode 7 - Getting started in Product (with Becca Vibert)

Episode 7 - Getting started in Product (with Becca Vibert)
11 Oct 2020
An interview with Becca Vibert, Product Manager at Fiit and Product School featured speaker. Becca talks about her journey into Product Management via setting up an educational startup in Hong Kong, what she's learned along the way and how she's trying to help those following behind her.
An interview with Becca Vibert, Product Manager at Fiit and Product School featured speaker. Becca talks about her journey into Product Management via setting up an educational startup in Hong Kong, what she's learned along the way and how she's trying to help those following behind her.


Episode 6 - Product leadership & how heroism doesn't scale (with Saeed Khan)

Episode 6 - Product leadership & how heroism doesn't scale (with Saeed Khan)
4 Oct 2020
An interview with Saeed Khan, Product Leadership consultant, proud Canadian, builder of strong product organisations. Saeed talks about his long career in Product, how Product needs a seat at the executive table, and how some of the companies that look great on the outside are held together by sweat and toil and can never scale.
An interview with Saeed Khan, Product Leadership consultant, proud Canadian, builder of strong product organisations. Saeed talks about his long career in Product, how Product needs a seat at the executive table, and how some of the companies that look great on the outside are held together by sweat and toil and can never scale.


Episode 5 - How to do UX in sextech (with Anshuman Bagri)

Episode 5 - How to do UX in sextech (with Anshuman Bagri)
27 Sep 2020
An interview with Anshuman Bagri, merchandising tycoon (retired), top quality dancer and currently redefining UX for mobile-controlled sex toys. Ansh speaks about his passion for UX, the challenges and advantages of working in a taboo industry, and how you might try to explain it to your mum.
An interview with Anshuman Bagri, merchandising tycoon (retired), top quality dancer and currently redefining UX for mobile-controlled sex toys. Ansh speaks about his passion for UX, the challenges and advantages of working in a taboo industry, and how you might try to explain it to your mum.


Episode 4 - Networking, communication & growth mindset (with Kristy Olinger)

Episode 4 - Networking, communication & growth mindset (with Kristy Olinger)
20 Sep 2020
An interview with Kristy Olinger, credit card product manager, passionate relationship builder, co-host of The Opposite of Small Talk podcast, closet Patrick Dempsey fan. Kristy talks about why relationship-building is so important and why you should never be afraid in meetings to admit you don't know what the acronym means.

About the Episode

Kristy is a growth-minded professional with a long career in credit card product management. I've always been terrified of the idea of product management involving physical things, but Kristy assures me that it's just as fun, if not more, as far as she's concerned. She spent a long time at Bank of America and is now working at a smaller bank, although smaller obviously still means they have loads of money in a massive vault.

Kristy also talks about her growth mindset, how she's never afraid to stick her hand up and say she doesn't know something (because half the time, no one knows) and why communication and networking are so important to developing a career.

Kristy is also the co-host of a The Opposite of Small Talk, a podcast for curious people. Go give it a listen!

Contact Kristy

You can catch up with Kristy on LinkedIn or her website.


Episode 3 - Challenges & opportunities of autism in Product (with Marton Gaspar)

Episode 3 - Challenges & opportunities of autism in Product (with Marton Gaspar)
13 Sep 2020
An interview with Marton Gaspar, neuro-atypical product leader, advocate for autism awareness in the workplace, producer of a literally secret sauce. Marton talks about some of the challenges and benefits of autism in the workplace, how colleagues and hiring managers tend to treat autistic candidates, and how neurotypical people seem to autistic people.

About the Episode

Marton is a freelance product leader, expert in product discovery, and passionate advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace. I came to know of him after he put out a video on LinkedIn "Working with Autism - powers & challenges". We speak about a lot, including

  • What is autism and what is it not?
  • How a diagnosis of autism made so much sense
  • What made him make a video challenging our assumptions about autism
  • Some of the challenges of autism in the workplace
  • Dos and don'ts when dealing with autistic colleagues
  • An insight into how he views neurotypical people through the lens of autism

More info about autism

There's plenty of info about autism online. A few good charities or organisations include

National Autistic Society (UK)

Ambitious about Autism (UK)

Autism Canada (Canada)

Autism Society (US)

Contact Marton

You can reach out to Marton on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Watch Marton's video

You can see "Working with Autism - powers & challenges" here.


Episode 2 - AI Product Management to shape the future of travel (with Deepak Paramanand)

Episode 2 - AI Product Management to shape the future of travel (with Deepak Paramanand)
6 Sep 2020
Deepak is a champion marshmallow stacker, experienced product leader terrified of presenting to 10-year olds. Deepak was passionate about trains growing up in India, and is excited to be working in a startup within a big company, revolutioning transport technology by using AI for good.

About the Episode

Deepak grew up in India with a deep love for trains, and is now working for Hitachi Europe on AI-powered travel solutions. I was initially thinking of Thomas the Tank Engine-style sentient trains (that still somehow needed human drivers) but they seem to be concentrating on more day-to-day uses cases at the moment. A man can dream though!

I was also interested in what it is like working for a very large corporation with a long history, as this doesn't seem to be the sort of thing that lends itself to fast iteration and agile methods, although apparently they've got that licked.

Deepak also speaks of his renowned ability to stack marshmallows, and why presenting to kids is far more terrifying that presenting to the C-suite.

Contact Deepak

You can catch up with Deepak on LinkedIn


Episode 1 - Bitcoin, blockchain & smart contracts (with David Gerard)

Episode 1 - Bitcoin, blockchain & smart contracts (with David Gerard)
29 Aug 2020
David is the author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain and a leading commentator on Bitcoin, blockchain and related technologies. TL;DR David doesn't think that any of this stuff is any good, and that blockchain is a solution looking for a problem.

About the Episode

David is the author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts and, most recently, Libra Shrugged: How Facebook Tried to Take Over the Money.

I've actually known David for many years, having slouched around the London alternative scene with him in the early 2000s when we could both still hack the pace. These days, he's a systems administrator for a publishing company. He also spends an awful lot of time on Twitter refreshing the page and commenting on crypto topics. It's fair to say that he's a sceptic about all of this stuff ... he's not convinced that there's any real merit to Bitcoin as a currency, that business blockchains solve any problems that can't be solved in other, better ways, or that smart contracts are either smart or contracts.

Contact David

You can catch up with David on Twitter